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Elephant and Castle, 445 Aldermans Green Road

Alternative Addresses:Tusses Bridge, Aldermans Green, Hawkesbury Lane
Elephant Castle
The Elephant and Castle at the original Tusses Bridge in 1925 advertising Salts & Co Burton Ales.
The name comes from Coventry's coat of arms. The firstmention of this pub is in 1844, when the Cumberland Lodge of Oddfellows was established here. In 1910 this pub was advertising Salts & Co beers from Burton on Trent. In 1935 & 36 It was 'under new management. Noted for Bass ales and choice wines and spirits.' In 1937 & 38 'Noted for Bass's ales and choice wines and spirits. Garages to let.' In 1939 & 40 as above 'and parking for cars.' In 1982 it described as 'a very pleasant canalside pub with good beer.' Then in 1991 it was sold to Charles Wells, the Bedford brewers. Research by 'philex31' on the Historic Coventry forum would suggest that the Sephtons and their extended family had connections with many of the pubs in the Longford area: Boat (Blackhorse Road), Boat (Grange Road), Greyhound, Elephant & Castle, Miners Arms, Bird In Hand, Green Man, Old Crown (Windmill Road), New Inn, Saracens Head, Coach & Horses, Engine. Also, away from Longford were the Park Gate Hotel and the New Inn (Stockingford). The majority of the Coventry Sephtons appear to be descended from James Sephton, a canal boatbuilder, who arrived in the Hawkesbury area c1805 from Shardlow in Derbyshire. Somewhat at odds with this boozy background, other family members operated temperance hotels in the city centre (The Victoria, Warwick Row and The Priory, Bayley Lane). Photo


1845 - 1861 Jeremiah Reynolds 1863 - 1866 Thomas Reynolds and farmer 1868 Mrs Sarah Reynolds 1874 - 1880 Jeremiah Reynolds 1892 Joseph Leadbeater 1900 John Baker 1929 - 1932 W. Hilton 1933 - 1934 T. Hammersley 1935 - 1940 W. H. Sephton (see notes) 1941 onwards Mrs Sephton (widow) 1960s Ronald Sephton (see above)
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